T I N N I T U S
Unfortunately there are no studies providing the exact numbers in Malaysia. However in the US, it is estimated that approximately 50 million adults are affected, with 16 million reporting tinnitus as persistent and irritable.
Tinnitus is often described as ringing, hissing, or other types of noise that seems to originate in the ear or head when no external sound is present. Tinnitus can be temporary or permanent. It can also be just a brief tone heard in a quiet environment or constant, loud and unchanging noise throughout waking period.
It is NOT a disease but it is a symptom or sign indicating a medical health disorder (e.g. impacted ear wax, ear infection, sinusitis, hearing loss, loud noise exposure, etc.) or most of the time due to non-medical reason that eventually resolves (e.g. stress, silent environment, etc.).
No, tinnitus neither causes the loss of hearing nor interferes with hearing. However, tinnitus is usually associated with hearing loss. Hearing loss may make tinnitus seem worse because external sounds will no longer cover up the tinnitus.
It is a very common experience. Some researchers theorize that it may be due to the high activity of parts of the brain in a sleep state and/or the electrical and chemical changes of the brain during sleep that it doesn’t experience while awake. However, none of the theories have been proven so far.
WHAT SHOULD I DO WITH MY TINNITUS?
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